UKIP is, apparently, a political party in the United Kingdom. They seem to have some odd and, to me, highly offensive ideas.
My Facebook time line has been providing me with an idea about their irrational thinking. I wish I could say we don't have any political parties here with any ideas like that but of course we have.
I am also not sure that sending bricks to their "FREEPOST" address is a good idea either. That might send them a message but, do too much of it, and it might have consequences for innocent people - or even end the ability of anyone to use the Freepost idea. Sending their literature back Freepost will be just as effective - and much less likely to get them further donations, publicity and other support. Add a campaign of letters to the press which oppose their views and reasoned verbal opposition and their influence will diminish.
One of the candidates however has reportedly raised the prospect of abortion for anyone carrying a child with Down Syndrome. I would rather like this man to meet the girl with Down Syndrome who works in one of the local supermarkets.
It is her job to keep the place clean and tidy during the day. She can be seen sweeping, tidying shelves, clearing away a spill, stacking fruit in the greengrocery area, returning wrongly shelved goods to the right area and helping in the bakery area. Want something packed? She is an expert. Her sense of orderliness would put most people to shame. She knows precisely how to pack a bag of groceries so that nothing gets squashed or damaged.
Last week, after packing things into my rear tricycle basket, I was about to return the trolley to the collection area when she came in from helping an elderly woman to the community bus and she told me, "I'll do it." Yes, she is thoughtful and she loves to help.
I don't know what she gets paid. I have a nasty suspicion she is probably doing it for her disability pension money but she loves her job - and tells everyone she loves it.
I am sure she feels useful and wanted - and she is. There are some people who avoid her but most of the locals who know her will smile and say hello. Her fellow workers have had to smarten up since she joined them. She comes to work clean and tidy and has no qualms about telling the boys to comb their hair or tuck their shirts in properly.
I like her. We are not friends perhaps but we are friendly. She often comes out with quick and funny responses that give me an insight into her world and her way of thinking. She is a useful and contributing member of society. Much of it is due to her family and schooling in an outstanding unit dedicated to the needs of those with learning disabilities. The idea that she might not be here because someone thinks any foetus with Down Syndrome should be aborted appals me.
The UKIP candidate, and those who think like him anywhere in the world, are missing out on something very special - the opportunity to see the world through someone else's eyes.